Armed South Carolina Woman Chases Off Daytime Home Invader

“‘I immediately thought, he going to get a gun he’s about to shoot, me I’m not about to die in my own house,’ said (Keri) Reeves. ‘This could’ve been a very different situation had I not been properly armed.‘” To say the least. Fortunately Reeves, of Walhalla, South Carolina, home carries. That’s a good idea as plenty of burglars figure lots of homes are empty during the day while the kids are at school and Mom and Dad are at work.

When Ms. Reeves ran across Ralph Goss slithering around inside her home yesterday in the middle of the afternoon, she drew her firearm. Staring down that barrel was enough to change Goss’s mind about whatever it was he had planned.

“I’m one of those people that can go from zero to a hundred in 2.5 seconds and I’m not a nice person normally, but as soon as I got on the phone with the sheriff’s department he was out of sight. The severity of it hit me, and I was in hysterics. I was crying, I was scared, I was very shaken.”

Oconee County deputies tracked Goss down within hours of Ms. Reeves’ call. And surprise! He already had several outstanding warrants for his arrest.

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  1. avatar Leighton Cavendish says:

    Catch and release …not just for black thugs…white thugs, too….SMH

  2. avatar Gun Free School Zones are a crime against humanity says:

    Where do all home invasions happen? Home carry people.

    1. avatar CarlosT says:

      South Carolina?

  3. avatar Ed Schrade says:

    See, we have enough of our own thugs. No need to import any more.

  4. avatar Lew Tripp says:

    If someone breaks in,kill them where they stand.

    1. avatar uncommon_sense says:

      Lew Tripp,

      Remember, we have a legal right to use “reasonable force” to defend ourselves. Whether or not an attacker survives or dies as a consequence of our legal use of “reasonable force” is out of our control.

      What we do NOT have a legal right to do is summarily execute strangers in our homes.

      Note: I am not an attorney and the above is not legal advice. Consult an attorney in your jurisdiction about self-defense laws.

    2. avatar Icabod says:

      There is a price paid when a homeowner shoots an intruder. There is second guessing, the physical mess, police questions, the perps family. Blaming the homeowner, insurance, the press the neighbors asking questions. Worse of all is being along in the house and jumping at an odd noise. The lack of sleep and the nightmares.
      It’s easy to say “Shoot them dead” as the one saying it doesn’t have to live with the resulting trauma.

  5. avatar Antoua says:

    Thx God she home carries, if she had to run to her vault, remember the right combination, pull the gun out, find the mags and load them up,…..she’d probably end up dead while the perpetrator ends up armed with new handgun (taken from the victim who desperately tried to load it up)…and yet, the government still wants to see its citizenry fully disarmed.

    1. avatar Geoff PR says:

      You missed a few steps.

      Run to the safe your ammunition is stored in. (As required by local laws.)

      Spin the dial and open the safe.

      Retrieve ammunition.

      Load ammunition into gun(s) or magazines.

      Deal with intruder in a lawful manner.

      (NOTE – Consult beforehand with a qualified attorney as to what ‘lawful manner’ means in your jurisdiction…)

  6. avatar Rickster A-15 says:

    That is one smart lady. Good for her & Her having a means to defend herself. That guy look creepy to anyone else or is it just me ?

    1. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

      Yup. Not having a neck adds to his creepy ness.

      1. avatar Gun Free School Zones are a crime against humanity says:

        That fellow is why the 12 ga was invented.

  7. avatar Ing says:

    This just doesn’t happen in other countries! (Not to coin a phrase.)

    In the “civilized” countries we’re told to emulate, she would’ve been raped/beaten and robbed, and *then* called the police to report it…if she lived through it. I bet she would’ve felt a lot better about herself if she hadn’t protected herself.

  8. avatar dlj95118 (soon to be 83544) says:

    …that guy is a perfect example of the gene pool’s shallow end.

    1. avatar Southern Cross says:

      The shallow end of the toddler pool.

  9. avatar JR Pollock says:

    That’s about the closest thing you’ll find to a cyclops in real life.

    1. avatar ironicatbest says:

      Not really, I’ve seen a genetic mutation that produced a true human Cyclops, I can attest that locked away in a remote lcation “hospital” there are some really strange looking humans.

  10. avatar Sam Toucan says:

    SC is a mixed bag when it comes to RKBA, it looks good on paper but the reality is quite different. Search the name Leandus Pickens in SC. Home invasions are becoming cash lotteries for surviving fambly members of criminals, and a flurry of anti gun legislation is percolating in SC since the Dylann Roof church shooting.

    It doesnt end when the DA says there will be no charges, your civil court journey just begins. And the leftists are demanding the NRA quit offering self defense insurance to pay for attorneys, they call it “Murder Insurance.”

    1. avatar Rusty Chains says:

      Of course they call it murder insurance, after all if the true victim of the criminal is all lawyered up, how can they bully that victim into handing over their entire life savings to the family of the criminal who forced them to kill him?

      I use Law Shield myself, since I don’t have to front the money and wait for reimbursement from the NRA version of the insurance.

    2. avatar Mark N. says:

      Does the NRA even offer it any more after its carrier decided to exit the field and its broker quit to avoid bad publicity?

      Anyway, I think it is the height of hypocrisy for liberals to demand that gun owners carry liability coverage if they have a CCW, but then describe the resulting policies as “murder insurance.” [Some California counties demanded that as a condition of issuance of a license, the applicant provide a certificate of insurance for $1 M naming the Sheriff as an additional insured, despite the fact that the Sheriff is absolutely immune by statute for its decision to issue.]
      So maybe that’s the game: you have to have insurance, but no one sells it, so you can’t have a license to carry.
      Well, maybe. I think it is really just a bunch of idiots who have no idea how insurance works.

    3. avatar TStew says:

      The people who would suggest I have no right to what amounts to prepaid legal defense in such a situation can hop and go F themselves.

      If some ambulance chaser (or would that be coroner’s van chaser in a case like this) can come after me on behalf of a criminals family for no retainer and a portion of a settlement, then I should be able to have my own legal representation. How I paid for it is of no matter.

  11. avatar HorrendousVideo says:

    Hopefully her rate of fire wasn’t too high – don’t want to upset some folks.

    1. avatar Rokurota says:

      According to the story, she told the perp in court, “You came within 2.5 seconds of having a full clip unloaded into your skull.” So there’s your rate of fire.

  12. avatar The Rookie says:

    Judging from the picture, I’m thinking maybe Goss’ family tree has a few branches that merged somewhere.

  13. avatar Imayeti says:

    The mug shot alone should be enough to convict him. Adios. Give my regards to Baba!

  14. avatar ironicatbest says:

    He looks like an okay guy to me and a person’s got the right to slither where ever they want. His warrants are !!outstanding!! too, it’s not like they were just regular warrants, that should count for something

  15. avatar Keri Reeves says:

    First of all I would like to thank each and everyone of you for your support. Also thank you to The Truth about Guns for getting the story out there. I think it is important for people to know that in that type of situation you would much rather be armed than not. Yes it was a scary situation at the moment, but it was also very empowering to know that I can handle myself in a situation where my life is in danger and know exactly what to do. I’m also incredibly grateful that my gun was not locked into a safe because as stated in previous comments I most definitely would have been brutally beaten and probably raped as this person does have a history of that on his record. Praising God today and everyday for Clear thoughts, Swift movements and the strength to confront someone who was literally blocking my only exit. It was very much a fight or flight incident except flight was not an option

    1. avatar dlj95118 (soon to be 83544) says:

      …well done, Ma’am – well done. Glad the situation didn’t turn any darker.

    2. avatar Gun Owning American says:

      Glad you made it out OK. Be safe and God bless.

  16. avatar Mark Kelly's Diapered Drooling Ventriloquist's Dummy says:

    I’m not a doctor but I play one on the internet and after consultation with my associates we are in unanimous agreement that an immediate injection of “copper-jacketed lead” is the only known and sure cure for the disease that is Ralph Goss

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